Education Under Fire: Iranian Rights to Higher Education (Documentary & Conversation)

Education Under Fire: Iranian Rights to Higher Education (Documentary & Conversation)
Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center, the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the South Kingstown Baha’i Community, and the URI Chaplains Association.
7:00 PM, Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum (101).

This 30-minute documentary examines the campaign of the Iranian government over 30 years to prevent its largest religious minority – the Baha’is – from engaging in higher education, and the nonviolent response to systematic persecution, including denial of entry into certain professions, arrests, torture, and execution. In 1987, the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) was founded as an alternative underground institution. Staffed by volunteer instructors, BIHE has graduated over 2000 students, many of whom have continued their studies at colleges and universities in the United States. In May 2011, government forces launched a
coordinated attack on the BIHE, raiding homes, confiscating computers and books, and detaining professors and administrators without due process. The documentary is a testimony to the importance of human rights, such as the inalienable right to education and freedom of religion; as well as the relevance of nonviolence in the 21st century. The video is followed by discussion focusing on actions we can take as a university community.

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Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:00pm

Multicultural Student Services Center
74 Lower College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

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